New programme for prospective teachers
DUNDEE University has launched a pioneering new postgraduate programme for prospective teachers which combines academic study with mentored placements.
The initiative aims to address Scotland’s chronic shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers.
From January, the university’s school of education and social work will welcome up to 35 student inductees on to a 52-week supported induction route for potential chemistry, computing, home economics, mathematics and physics teachers.
The scheme integrates the existing one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) qualification and the probationary year undertaken by new teachers.
Student inductees receive a £22,400 salary from the outset and are able to become fully registered with General Teaching Council for Scotland several months earlier than at present. The three-year pilot is being funded by the Scottish Government.
Picture shows the speakers at the launch: Karl Leydecker, (vice principal of learning and teaching), Neil Taylor (associate dean of quality and academic Standards) and Lauren Boath (Pathway director PGCE).